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Speedskater for N. Korea Has a Really Rough Race

Jong Kwang Bom crashes—twice

(Newser) - In his defense, Jong Kwang Bom is only 17 and "clearly" had no business lining up to race as an Olympic speedskater for North Korea, per a post at USA Today . But race he did, and things did not end well. Jong fell almost immediately after the start of... More »

He Was a Hacker Sent to China to Make Money for the North

A look at the 'foot soldiers' in North Korea's hacker army

(Newser) - If the phrase "North Korean hacker" conjures up the image of someone sowing viruses or stealing secrets, Bloomberg Businessweek introduces a different type, a "foot soldier" given one very specific task: make money, and lots of it. With the country stifled by sanctions, the prevailing assumption is that... More »

Here's How North Korea Will Keep Olympians From Defecting

Surveillance, intimidation, and loyalty

(Newser) - Over the past 60 years or so, more than 31,000 North Koreans have defected to South Korea. Now, North Korea wants to make sure its delegation to the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang doesn't add to that number. CNN has an in-depth report on how North Korea is making... More »

'Most Significant Encounter in Years' for North, South Korea

Via his little sister, Kim Jong Un sends invite to South Korean President Moon Jae-in to come visit

(Newser) - A rare invitation to Pyongyang for the South Korean president marked the second day of the North Korean Kim dynasty's southern road tour Saturday, part of an accelerated diplomatic warming that included more handshakes, some Korean liquor over lunch, and the potential shared joy of watching a "unified"... More »

It's So Cold in Pyeongchang Skis Are Warping

And US-North Korea relations are just as icy

(Newser) - Vice President Mike Pence is in South Korea for the Pyeongchang Olympics—and he's probably not going to be talking to any North Koreans while he's there. Pence, who will be seated just a few feet away from Kim Jong Un's sister during Friday's opening ceremony,... More »

N. Korea Announces Surprise Member of Olympic Delegation

Kim's sister will be visiting South for first time

(Newser) - In a move seen as a sign that North Korea is serious about improving relations with the South—and about thumbing its nose at the US—Kim Jong Un's powerful younger sister will be visiting South Korea as part of the North's high-level Olympic delegation. Kim Yo Jong,... More »

Before South Korea's Last Olympics, Mass Murder

Revisiting the 1987 bombing of Korean Air Flight 858

(Newser) - With the Pyeongchang Olympics set to begin Friday, the Washington Post revisits the only other time South Korea hosted the games—and the mass murder that scarred the run-up to it. North Korea lobbied to co-host the 1988 games, which were held in Seoul. Having been turned down, it decided... More »

US Ambassador, N. Korean Diplomat Bicker in Geneva Over Nukes

They traded barbs at disarmament conference Tuesday

(Newser) - As US athletes prepare to compete against North Koreans at the Olympics, officials from both countries are locked in a "diplomatic showdown," per Reuters . At the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva on Tuesday, US Ambassador Robert Wood said North Korea's nuclear program "must be completely, verifiably,... More »

Protesters Greet N. Korea Orchestra Ship

Others waved unification flags as ship arrived for Olympics

(Newser) - Protesters waved South Korean flags, tore up drawings of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, and blasted loud music from loudspeakers as a North Korean cruise ship pulled into a South Korean port Tuesday with an orchestra set to perform at the Pyeongchang Olympics. They also burned a paper version... More »

Senators: Trump Lacks 'Legal Authority' for 'Bloody Nose' Hit

Democrats warn that Congress must OK any preemptive strike on North Korea

(Newser) - If President Trump has any plans to give North Korea a "bloody nose" with a preemptive nuclear strike, he'd better go through the proper channels first. That's the gist of a letter, due to be delivered to Trump Monday, from 18 Democratic senators that warns of the... More »

Koreas' Combined Team Makes Its Debut

The women's hockey team loses 3-1, but no one really seemed that bothered

(Newser) - Wearing a powder-blue logo of a map symbolizing peace between the Koreas, the most talked-about team at this year's Olympics finally saw action Sunday in a friendly that drew thousands in a country that never showed much passion for hockey. The North and South Korean women's hockey players,... More »

North Korea Shipped Weapons to Syria, Myanmar: Report

Confidential UN report also states it made $200M off banned coal exports in 2017

(Newser) - North Korea made nearly $200 million last year by violating UN sanctions and shipping coal to multiple countries, according to an exclusive Reuters report. But that's not all. A confidential report prepared by independent UN monitors and seen by Reuters on Friday also states North Korea supplied weapons—including... More »

N. Korean Defector's Crutches a Reminder of Hellish Ordeal

Ji Seong Ho was a guest at Trump's SOTU address

(Newser) - During President Trump's State of the Union address, Ji Seong Ho waved his crutches. Those crutches have borne witness to an incredibly journey. The New York Times has Ji's story, which it dubs "remarkable even by the standards of North Korean defectors." It begins in 1996... More »

Report: Sanctions Taking Toll on N. Korea's Military

Fuel conservation may explain scaled-back military exercises: 'WSJ'

(Newser) - Amid calls for the reunification of "all Koreans," North Korea has scaled back its annual winter military exercises—but likely not out of the goodness of Kim Jong Un's heart. US officials say international sanctions, particularly those restricting fuel imports, have taken a toll on the country.... More »

North Korea Issues Message to 'All Koreans'

Pyongyang calls for reunification push

(Newser) - North Korea issued a call for unification of the entire Korean peninsula Thursday as a dozen North Korean women headed south of the DMZ to join a unified Korean Olympic hockey team. In an announcement addressed to "all Koreans at home and abroad," North Korean state media called... More »

After 50 Years, Pyongyang Still Has Captured US Ship

Crew of USS Pueblo was released after 11 months

(Newser) - Fifty years after it was seized by North Korea, the USS Pueblo is the only US Navy ship held captive by a foreign government. And though mostly forgotten in the United States, the "Pueblo Incident" for North Korea remains a potent symbol of military success. The spy ship, attacked... More »

N. Korea Star's Visit Causes Protests, Media Frenzy in Seoul

Demonstrators burned Kim's photo

(Newser) - Conservative South Korean activists burned a large photo of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as the head of the North's extremely popular girl band passed them Monday during a visit to Seoul amid a flurry of cooperation agreements between the rivals ahead of next month's Winter Olympics... More »

Going to North Korea? Plan Your Funeral First, Say Feds

State Department issued new travel advisory on Jan. 10

(Newser) - Lest you think North Korea's plans to compete on a joint Olympic team with South Korea represent a softening, the State Department's harsh words will jolt you back to reality. Inverse reports that a new system of travel advisories launched Jan. 10, and Fox News noted the Level... More »

North, South Korea to Have Joint Olympic Team

They will compete under unification flag

(Newser) - North and South Korea will compete together under one unified flag at next month's Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, in what will be the first such arrangement since 2006. South Korea previously announced North Korea would send officials, athletes, and a cheer squad to the Olympics following talks between the... More »

More Bodies Wash Up in Japan

Boat containing remains of 7 men found, with possible 8th body

(Newser) - There were clues as to the men's origins: a cigarette package bearing Korean words, a badge bearing the likenesses of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il. The signs point to North Korea, and to some tragedy at sea. Japanese police say the wooden boat found capsized and washed... More »

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